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Anti-Semitism remains a pernicious form of ethnic and religious intolerance and an assault on the fundamentals of human dignity and human rights. Exploring the history of anti-Semitism and providing the first comprehensive examination of the new rampant anti-Jewish sentiment worldwide, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, offers a crucial discussion of the steps that must be taken to prevent this century from witnessing a replay of the horrors of the ...
Anti-Semitism remains a pernicious form of ethnic and religious intolerance and an assault on the fundamentals of human dignity and human rights. Exploring the history of anti-Semitism and providing the first comprehensive examination of the new rampant anti-Jewish sentiment worldwide, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, offers a crucial discussion of the steps that must be taken to prevent this century from witnessing a replay of the horrors of the last.
|Why this book - and why today||1|
|1||As storm clouds gather : the rise of the new anti-Semitism||6|
|2||Jewish in a hostile world : living with the ongoing battle against anti-Semitism||40|
|3||Cradle of hatred : the tragedy of Jewish-Catholic relations||74|
|4||Danger on the right : violence and extremism in the American heartland||100|
|5||Jewish calves and Christian lions : dissecting the politics of the religious right||133|
|6||Troubled alliance : the rift between American Blacks and Jews||160|
|7||From hatred to Jihad : anti-Semitism in the Muslim world||194|
|8||The poisoned well : spreading bigotry through popular culture||244|
|Epilogue : now more than ever||274|
In some ways today's reemergence of anti-Semitism in a time of turmoil is predictable and unsurprising -- although it's profoundly disappointing to realize how quickly millions of people seem to have forgotten the lessons of the Holocaust. What's most troubling is the way today's new anti-Semitism combines traditional bigotry and hatred with modern resentments in a way that is unprecedented and particularly virulent. The process is furthest advanced and most visible in the Middle East and on the continent of Europe, but it can be observed also in the United States, in Latin America, and in other countries around the world -- even those, like Japan, in which very few Jews can be found.
In today's new mutant strain of anti-Semitism, traditional elements of the extreme right and the extreme left are working together, often in concert with immigrants of Arab descent and terrorist organizations based in the Middle East. It's a strange alliance, since adherents of the far right in Europe and North America generally espouse nativist policies and abhor foreign, especially non-Christian, influences. Yet hatred of the Jews is proving to be a powerful enough force to unite these disparate groups.
The authoritative Anti-Semitism Worldwide, prepared annually by a team of scholars at the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, provides a wealth of details concerning how fringe groups on the right and the left are uniting on behalf of an anti-Semitic agenda. Here are a few examples from the most recent reports concerning the continent of Europe:
Similarly, in the United States, white supremacists and other ultra-right-wing groups have taken up the Palestinian cause in an effort to build a new coalition of hatred to battle the Jews:
Meanwhile, left-wing groups in the United States, especially on college campuses, have taken up the anti-Israel cause and pushed it over the line into outright anti-Semitism. The frightening incidents have swiftly mounted in recent months. Here are some examples:
Posted March 18, 2004
The so called facts in this book are nothing more than a collection of unfounded nuances. Mr. Foxman needs some heavier material to prove to the world that Jewish people are under just as much threat as they were during 1930's. He only serves to add fuel to the very things that he is leading a crusade against. Case in point would be Mel Gibson's lastest film 'The Passion'. The movie is now more popular that ever because of the controversy that Mr. Foxman's ogainization (the ADL) caused over it. I would like to think that the movie is famous for other resons such as, Jesus's message for us to 'love one another', but that is not the case. Much of the films success has been caused by the copious amounts of controversy that Abraham Foxman and a few other rogue elements have drummed up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2004
This very important, well written, work by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League addresses the emergence of a new, present day, hatred of the Jews (anti-Semitism) and discusses it's causes as well as it's implications for the future in relation to the State of Israel, the Jewish people and the International community as a whole. Described here as the 'oldest collective hate obsession in recorded history' the book comments upon many of the alleged causes quoting numerous examples in relation to each issue in order to illustrate how extensive the problem actually is. Amongst the subjects investigated are Jewish-Catholic relations, what is described as the 'religious right', Jihad and also the Muslim world. Many readers will find a case to answer in all the issues addressed, but on a personal basis I find myself disagreeing with the comments supportive of ecumenism as well as some of those pertaining to the support of Israel by Evangelical Christians. Readers must make up their own minds on the presentation confronting them on all these issues. I personally feel that the book has not gone far enough on some issues and too far on others. Having said that, the seriousness of the issue here cannot be ignored and the importance of this study cannot be over-emphasised. The book describes in some detail how the hatred of the Jews is openly endorsed by Arab governments throughout the Middle East, where it is cited as being disseminated by the media, taught in schools & universities and preached from the Mosques. Anti-Semitism is depicted as being well and truly 'out of the Arab closet' with no differentiation between Jews and Israelis when radical imams call upon their Islamic followers to kill the Jews. The reader is shown how this helps to fuel the flames of hatred towards the Jews amongst a billion Muslims across the globe. Muslim communities being described as constituting a rapidly growing force in dozens of countries, eager to influence anti-Jewish policies upon the nations in which they reside. Whilst discussing this issue the book is careful to distinguish between anti-Semitism and fair, contextual opposition of some Israeli leaders or policies. Pursuing this virulent hatred of the Jews is further illustrated as serving the purpose of distracting attention from the alleged failures, corruption & incompetence of some Arab leaders such as Yasser Arafat, with the Arab populace being convinced that the source of it's troubles is solely the 'tyranny of Israel & the Jews'. The book further elaborating with the example that when Palestinian suicide bombers embark on their missions, they wrap themselves, not in the banner of the Palestinian Authority, but in the green & white flag of Islam. It being further described that any pre-recorded videos by the bombers talk of 'religious martyrdom' and their wish to 'kill the Jews'. The book is described as a 'wake-up call' to a looming International emergency, declaring that people are not born bigots and must be taught to hate, whilst simultaneously listing a number of honest measures which need to be taken in order to confront an evil where men, women and children are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views. History must not repeat itself. Recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2004
There is a good book and it outlines the danger of the new Anti- Semitism . It does a good job in covering at least part of the way the Arabs have succeeded in converting the Islamic world to anti- Semitism. But it has a major omission . Foxman has spent his life combating the Anti- Semitism of the right, and has done noble things. But he shows no awareness of the anti- Semitism in the Left. It is this Anti- Semitism that which is present on many U.S. campuses, that which has distorted the thinking of a part of the intellectual elite of the Western world which most strongly deserves combating. My sense is that Foxman is 'that by focusing on the ' right' Foxman has picked on an easier target. And that he now should shift attention to the anti- Semitism and take it on with all the considerable strength at his command.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2003
I was initially very skeptical of Foxman's claim that the new anti-Semitism was 'as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as the one we faced in the 1930's -- if not a greater one.' But he paints compelling and grim picture and convinced me. It is a chilling look into the world of jew-hatred: from the left, from the right, from the political elite, from the common person. Wow.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2003
I bought the book with a very suspicious mind, presuming the book was just another Holocaust review. After reading the book i was left with an inmense gratitude towards the author for the clarity in which today´s accusations of Judeomasonic world control are understood and presented thru media. As the book implies, in order to grasp the actual state of affairs one must realize the geostrategic position of Israel today, and how other powers are using the situation for their own benefit, namely the masonic institutions. Max CostanelloWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.